HRCF launches LGBT senior health care programAround the Nation Thursday, September 20th, 2012
WASHINGTON – With the goal of securing quality HRCF launches LGBT senior health care programhealth care free of prejudice and discrimination for all Americans, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced the formation of a wide-ranging Health and Aging Program. The new program will address both the health concerns of all LGBT Americans and the particular challenges faced by LGBT elders, including discrimination, mistreatment and isolation. According to a study by MetLife, nearly one-third of gays and lesbians say discrimination based on sexual orientation is their greatest concern about aging.
“LGBT elders deserve unbiased, equitable, and welcoming healthcare and services,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “HRC’s Health and Aging program will help ensure they receive that care while expanding our already highly effective work in the health arena.”
To head the Health and Aging program, HRC hired Shane Snowdon, a nationally recognized expert on LGBT health and wellness. Snowdon comes to HRC from the University of California San Francisco, where she founded the acclaimed Center for LGBT Health & Equity in 1999.
“As a member of the first ‘out’ generation, I’m very excited about the work ahead,” said Snowdon. “LGBT people face real challenges around health and aging, and I look forward to making a real difference in their lives through my work in this new program.”
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